Let the winter gigs begin! And don’t forget your Santa Hat.
COMMENTERS: Do you have any more tips for surviving outdoor gigs this time of year?
I play Euphonium, and I was asked to play in an old hall. They neglected to mention that hall wasn’t heated in the middle of winter (they didn’t think it was important). So I ended up wrapping microwaved towels (I did something to them first. I don’t remember what, as this was a few years ago) around my instrument. Now I make sure to ask if the place I’m playing has heating.
I have the opposite problem at christmas time! (I live in Australia) A couple of times I’ve marched in the Christmas pageant which is stupidly in the morning when it’s 35 degrees (celcius) and we have to wear a christmas hat, long black pants and a t-shirt. And the first year I forgot about speed bumps in the road. So I tripped and smacked my trumpet into my mouth… I will never ever do one of those gigs again!
That has got to be the worst thing about falling with a wind instrument (getting hit in the face). I think maybe drummers have it slightly easier; they can fall on the drum instead of getting hit in the face with a drum.
Clothespins. Wind + Music + Outdoor Venue = Failure.
Wind + Music + Clothespins + Outdoor Venue = Really Awkward Looking Stands.
I was hired to play background music in front of an old house. I was supposed to wear a lacy Victorian dress. Short sleeves. It was about 30 degrees. Oh, and I play the violin so gloves were out of the question.
Tips? Get those little handwarmer thingys that marching bands use. Bring Hot Chocolate. Don’t book the gig in the first place.
“Don’t book the gig” cracked me up! That sounds like a horrible gig. Although, I’ve heard those hand warmers work pretty well.
The Santa Hat goes a long way on a cold Christmas gig…!! The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra Chorus has lots of other cold weather tips – enjoy… Thanks to Rod for the tip!
Thanks for sharing that link. Pure awesomeness!
A 50:50 mix of valve/slide oil and Vodka works very well to keep valves/slides from freezine! Sometimes you just forget the valve oil…. 🙂